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DD Power 15: Apr. 09 to Apr. 15

Ranking #10 – Tasha Steelz

In her first match back since taking time away in January, Tasha Steelz picked up a much needed win against the ever impressive Gisele Shaw.

The match itself had an extra element of tension for Steelz with her former tag team partner at ringside and Savannah Evans was not shy about getting involved in this bout.

Steelz showed why she is a former Knockouts Champion with a victory at a crucial time when the landscape of the Knockouts Division is about to change with a guaranteed new champion tonight.

Ranking #9 – Cora Jade

After attacking the new NXT Women’s Champion last week, Cora Jade took the time this week to run down the division she left behind before landing on Indi Hartwell, vowing to take the title at the first opportunity.

While Jade would be interrupted by Lyra Valkyria, the promo and reaction from the crowd delivered a strong segment overall. Jade is truly finding her place as a top heel within the division and her match against Valkyria next week gives her the perfect opportunity to back up her taunts.

Ranking #8 – Tiffany Stratton

A special mention for Sol Ruca in this ranking for being the other person in a fun, fast-paced match between two NXT grown talents this past week.

Tiffany Stratton would be the one to walk away with the victory after hitting her incredible moonsault and later she would ask the all important question: why is she not the number one contender?

The line continues to grow for people wanting the next opportunity at Indi Hartwell but between her recent win streak and performance at Stand & Deliver, Stratton has to be one of the front runners.

Ranking #7 – The Outcasts

The Outcasts continue to run roughshod over the AEW Women’s Division with their jeers and taunts but this week they managed to put actions to their words when they defeated Riho and Skye Blue in tag team action.

The trio would take out Riho with a sick powerbomb after the match which brought out the AEW Women’s Champion, Jamie Hayter who was followed by Britt Baker.

Just as Baker was about to get the better of Saraya, The Outcasts would pull her to safety and retreat.

Ranking #6 – Taya Valkyrie

The eventually collision of Taya Valkyrie vs Jade Cargill inches ever closer as both continue to pick up singles victory against other opponents.

Valkyrie would defeat Emi Sakura, a woman with her own impressive win/loss record, on Rampage this week but would find herself outnumbered when Leila Grey attacks her and Cargill capitalises on the distraction.

Ranking #5 – Mercedes Moné

Ahead of her first STARDOM match at All Star Grand Queendom, Mercedes would make her first appearance for STARDOM by taking out her next challenger for IWGP Championship.

Mayu Iwatani had made her intentions clear after Mercedes’ last defense and recently Iwatani declared who she would give her first title match to *when* she beats Mercedes.

The CEO would take exception it seems and would attack her challenger while under disguise and continues to taunt Iwatani on social media as April 23rd gets closer.

Ranking #4 – Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn

The Unholy Union overcame their first hurdle as the NXT Women’s Tag Team champions by defeating the former champions in their rematch.

The match could have gone either way as Kiana James and Fallon Henley were working surprisingly well together despite their recent issues. It would take the unfortunate well-meaning Jensen to cost his friend and girlfriend the match. The Unholy Union hit their sickening tandem finish and send their opponents back to the end of the line.

Ranking #3 – Trish Stratus

RAW had quite a few twist and turns surrounding the WWE Women’s Tag Team titles, the first being Lita being taken out and left unable to compete. Ever the giver, Trish Stratus volunteers to team with Becky Lynch and help defend the titles and we get to see Stratus walk out holding WWE gold for the first time in nearly 15 years, albeit unofficially.

The match did not go in Stratus’ favour as there were several moments of miscommunication between her and Lynch and it would be Stratus to take the pin when Liv Morgan surprised her after a missed Chick Kick.

There seemed to be no hard feelings from Lynch but it Stratus did not feel the same as she would strike her partner and leave her laid out in the middle of the ring. Backstage, a rather stoic Stratus would walk right past an attempt to question her but has since announced she will be explaining herself this Monday.

Ranking #2 – IYO SKY

This marks IYO SKY’s debut on the ranking as a solo competitor after she has secured herself a future RAW Women’s Title match!

The match originally had Bayley representing Damage CTRL but both SKY and Dakota Kai voiced their own concerns about Bayley getting another opportunity and so SKY wold enter the triple threat.

The match featured Michin and Piper Niven alongside SKY so any result would have secured a fresh opponent for Bianca Belair but the added possible tension within Damage CTRL adds an interesting new caveat to a future SKY/Belair confrontation.

Ranking #1 – Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez

We have NEW Tag Team Champions and they were featured on both RAW and Smakdown in actually good segments!

We are very hopeful that the titles will continue to get used in a meaningful way going forward but massive congratulations to our new champions! This marks Raquel’s second reign with the belt while Morgan, despite numerous team-ups, enters her first.

The two would celebrate their victory, pyro included, on Smackdown but barely got done patting each other on the back when Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville would make their way out and demand to be next in line. The champs would agree to a match next week and take out their challengers but as Raquel knows, title reigns can end rather abruptly so the two should be ready for their first defence.

What do you make of this past week in Women’s Wrestling? What moment was you favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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